Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has awarded the El Paso Museum of Archaeology a grant for $1,000 to support, in part, three speakers and two exhibits from January through August 2014. These speakers and exhibits are open to the public free of charge, thanks to the support of Humanities Texas, The City of El Paso, and for Dr. Howard’s talk, the El Paso Archaeological Society provided additional support.
Two speakers in January will explore the ancient Hohokam culture and the Pieces of the Puzzle exhibit, currently on view, with PowerPoint presentations. On Sat. Jan. 18, 2:00 to 3:30 pm, Dr. Jerry Howard discusses the Ancient Engineers of the Salt River Valley of Arizona. On Sat. Jan. 25, 2:00 to 3:30 pm, Dr. Jeff Clark presents Migrants and Mounds: Late Precontact Archaeology of the San Pedro Valley of Southeast Arizona. The Pieces of the Puzzle exhibit is on view through Feb. 8, 2014. It was created by Archaeology Southwest and the Pueblo Grande Museum, both based in Arizona.
The grant also supports, in part, the museum’s next temporary exhibit, The Living Mask Making Tradition of the Rarámuri/Tarahumara, curated by photographer, videographer and ethnographer Kitty Alice Snead, based in Dallas. Ms. Snead’s twenty photographs, two videos, two masks, and Rarámuri artifacts from the museum’s collection will be on exhibit from February 22 through August 31, 2014 and Ms. Snead will present a PowerPoint illustrated lecture on March 22, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. The subject of Ms. Snead’s exhibit are the re-introduction of the iconic chapeyoko mask in a remote Rarámuri village where it had not been shown in a Mate chine dance in fifty years and photos from another village which show how the mask has continued in use since Spanish times.
El Paso Museum of Archaeology
The El Paso Museum of Archaeology is located at 4301 Transmountain Road, El Paso, Texas. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information visit www.elpasotexas.gov/arch_museum